I was looking through some of my photos and thought I'd share some of the photos that I've taken of doilies. When I started this post, I suddenly wondered whether doily or doilie was the correct name as this is what we used to call it in South Africa. Wikipedia describes it as follows:
A doily (or doilie) is an ornamental mat, originally the name of a fabric, from Doiley, a 17th century London draper. They are usually made of cotton or linen thread, often crocheted but may also be knitted. Openwork allows the underlying surface to show through. In addition to their decorative function, doilies have the utilitarian role of protecting fine-wood furniture from the scratches caused by crockery or decorative objects.
here.I don't feel that these are the best examples of doilies though. I remember my mum had some doilies that my grandmothers made which had three-dimentional flowers crocheted in different colours on them. I will have to photograph those when I go to South Africa in December.